Culturally Responsive Evaluation

Culturally responsive evaluation, a recent addition in the development of educational evaluation, calls for changes in the traditional ways of practicing educational evaluation. Culturally responsive evaluation is not the new phenomenon that some might think, but its practice has been limited to practitioners serving clients of similar backgrounds.


About 60 years ago, an African American evaluator, Aaron Brown, sounded the call for cultural responsiveness in educational evaluation, but his plea went unheeded. Brown persuasively argued that African Americans had special and critical needs due to their unique experiences in American society. He appropriately raised the question in the 1940s of whether there should be special considerations given when evaluating schools for African Americans.

Issues devolving from the consideration of multiple stakeholders have been around for a long ...

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